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The Show

Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987. Nigel Lindsay stars as Jack McCracken.

The Story

Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world - but not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law's business he's approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information.

Jack's integrity fades away as he discovers that his extended family is made up of thieves and adulterers who are looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. 

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Olivier Theatre

Choose your seats from the plan of the Olivier Theatre above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:

The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.

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Olivier Theatre

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The Olivier Theatre is, along with the the Cottesloe and Lyttelton theatres, one of the three main venues that comprise London’s National Theatre complex. It’s situated at the NT, on the South Bank off Waterloo Bridge, close to Waterloo rail and tube stations.


Built in 1976, this 1160 seat venue is named after legendary actor/director Laurence Olivier, who was also the NT’s first artistic director following its formation in the early Sixties.

The first production at the Olivier Theatre was Elizabethan drama Tamburlaine the Great,  which opened on 4 October  1976. Among the countless notable shows to have graced this venerable West End theatre’s stage since then are Don Quixote, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Anything Goes and All’s Well That Ends Well.    

The National Theatre company was formed in 1963 and worked out of its original base at the Old Vic Theatre for its first 13 years. Work on the National Theatre complex had been approved in the early Sixties. By 1976 the complex was a reality and the National Theatre company moved in.

The Olivier Theatre has the largest auditorium of the three theatres inside the National Theatre complex. The theatre features an open stage with a fan-shaped seating area. The design is based on the ancient Greek theatre at Epidaurus.  

The theatre’s design ensures that the audience has a completely unobstructed view, and that all audience members are fully visible to the actors from centre stage.

Designed in the 1970s, the drum revolve and a multiple flying system were originally very controversial and took ten years to commission, but have proved to be both functional and productive, allowing for quick and fluid set changes.

The layout, size and atmosphere of the Olivier Theatre make it the perfect place to see innovative new work, unique revivals and traditional theatre. Recent successes include The Cherry Orchard, Frankenstein, The Count of Monte Cristo, Antigone and London Road.

Whatever you decide to see at the Olivier Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit. 

Venue Address: South Bank, London, SE1 9PXView Map

Venue Facilities:

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Travel Info

Nearest Tube Station:Waterloo
Tube Lines:Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee
Nearest Rail:Waterloo
Bus Numbers:(Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1, X68
Night Bus Numbers:(Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, 243, 341, N1, N68, N76, N171, N343
Congestion Charge Zone:Yes
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